NZ FARMER – by Sir David Fagan – “It’s been a long wait but we finally have the New Zealand Shearing and Woolhandling team confirmed to compete at the World Championships in Invercargill in February.
Most of the talk has been about who isn’t there with Rowland Smith missing out on selection, but in Johnny Kirkpatrick and Nathan Stratford, we still have an incredibly strong New Zealand combination.”
VOXY – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “Newly-selected World Championships representative Nathan Stratford continued his domination of South Island events this season and in particular the Tapanui stand when he retained the Open title at the West Otago A and P Show on Saturday.
It was his 7th win in the event in 9 years, and 11th overall in an Open career now in its 20th season, having previously won the Junior final in 1992 and Senior final in 1994.”
ADDISON COUNTY INDPENDENT – by Gaen Murphree – ” NEW HAVEN — Since shortly after its glory days supplying wool blankets and uniforms to Union troops during the Civil War, the Vermont wool industry has been struggling to regain its footing.
Now a New Haven farm is taking part in a UVM study to determine the feasibility of using wool as an environmentally friendly building insulation. Researchers hope this use could create a whole new market for the 100,000-some-odd pounds of wool that’s sheared each year off Vermont sheep and give a much-needed boost to the state’s sheep industry.”
FARM WEEKLY – “THE future of WA sheep meat and products are in high demand, according to ANZ bank agribusiness regional executive Andrew Roseby.
In the 1950s, Australia’s prolific global reputation as a world-class wool producer united a country and it rode on the sheep’s back into post-war economic prosperity…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “THE WA Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has continued to build its agricultural focus, with the appointment of a former Pastoralists and Graziers Association policy officer Ian Randles as its research officer this month.”
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 21 November 2016
THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – by Julia Bradshaw – “”Every sheep is different, so every fleece is different, you open one up and never know what you’re going to get,” says Ian Brooksbank, a senior head grader for the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) – the country’s last surviving agricultural commodities co-operative.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “A WEAKER Australian dollar, or more correctly a stronger US dollar, assisted the wool market during the past week to lift prices in local terms.
The eastern market indicator (EMI) managed a rise of 24c for the week, while prices eased in US terms by 6c. Prices in Euro were squarely in the middle of the other two currencies with a lift of 14c for those processors around the Mediterranean.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE unanimous recommendation by the Wool Exchange Portal (WEP) working group to establish an electronic trading platform will dawn a “new era” for woolgrower transactions, according to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sean Fewster and Andrew Hough – “THE Supreme and District Courts are getting a makeover, with judges embracing a new season’s fashion and donning brand-new robes.
On Friday, the Courts Administration Authority announced judges would begin wearing new, all-black Australian-made, merino wool robes accentuated by coloured sashes.”